Canada Water Library

Canada Water Library, London - UK, CZWG
Construction year: 2011
Address: Surrey Quays Road 21, Canada Water | LONDON | United Kingdom
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4977, -0.04902

The idea of a free standing object in space is quite appropriate for a library, since it is a portal to the discovery of other worlds.  As a piece of sculpture it binds together a tube station, a stretch of open water and a plaza and makes the precursor landmark of a substantial new development on London’s Canada Water.

The inverted pyramid form contains a readily accessible café, performance space, internet points and popular books within a small footprint at ground level, whilst the expanding shape above enables the containment of the main library within a single, galleried, skylit double volume.  The whole is clad in aluminium sheets, anodised a light bronze with sequined perforations.

Local Authority: London Borough Of Southwark
Content: New Library Building Including A Café, Learning Facilities And A Performance Space
Construction Cost: £14.1 Million
Area: 2,900m²
Contract Type: Gc/Works/1 With Quantities (Traditional)
Key Consultants, 
Structural Engineers: Adams Kara Taylor
Service Engineers: Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
Environmental Engineers: Waterman Civils
Landscape Architects: Edco Design
Quantity Surveyors: Nigel Rose Llp
Acoustic: Sandy Brown Associates
Profile Construction Consultants
CZWG Team: Piers Gough, Stephen Rigg, Anna Ifanti, Sonja Karapiperidis, Geoff Southern, Lucinda Horner, Cheyenne Chong

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